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Relational Housing Across the North-South Divide: Learning Between Albania, Uganda, and the UK

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Julia Heslop, Dr Emma OrmerodORCiD



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In this paper we examine how to understand housing as a relational process. Drawing on research in three diverse cities, we stage an unlikely dialogue that brings together narratives of housing across the global North-South divide. In doing so, we are concerned with thinking housing relationally in two broad senses: first, housing as a relational composite of economy, space, politics, legality and materials, structured by particular relations of power and resource inequality. Second, housing as a space of learning through comparison, which connects geographically and culturally in distinct cities. What do we learn about relational thinking with regards to housing when we compare it across the global North-South divide? In response, we explore a dialogue between a set of cities often off-the-map in debates on housing and urban research: Gateshead (UK), Kampala (Uganda) and Tirana (Albania). In comparing how housing is produced, distributed and inhabited, we seek to contribute to a wider understanding of the relationalities of housing.

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Author(s): Heslop J, McFarlane C, Ormerod E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Housing Studies

Year: 2020

Volume: 35

Issue: 9

Pages: 1607-1627

Online publication date: 12/03/2020

Acceptance date: 24/01/2020

Date deposited: 27/01/2020

ISSN (print): 0267-3037

ISSN (electronic): 1466-1810

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2020.1722801


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